Newcastle goalkeeper Rob Elliot has asked fans not to believe the rumours.
The second/third choice keeper says that ‘contrary’ to reports, the Newcastle squad do all get on.
Elliot says that the reported ‘arguments’ are not really arguments, just the players being ‘more honest’ (yes, that’s what me and the wife say…).
Rob Elliot says that the arguments/discussions are because the players really care, but fans will need more than the evidence of the Liverpool match, to convince them that all/most of the squad are fully committed to the club.
He says that clearing the air helped produce better performances but that didn’t work after Leicester, or indeed a number of other really poor displays this season.
The view from Merseyside appeared to be that Jurgen Klopp got his selection/formation a little bit wrong and that they badly missed key players such as Coutinho and Emre Can, as well as Sturridge whose latest comeback has crumbled once again.
Newcastle certainly were more in the opposition’s faces and picked up the bookings to prove it.
That side of the performance certainly gave some reassurance to fans but can it be as effective against an in-form Spurs and then can an attacking side show through against rock bottom Villa?
There will continue to be more questions than answers but as for the players, they just need to pick up where they left off against Liverpool and produce that level of commitment as the bottom line.
Then if they prove they aren’t good enough as players, you can hardly blame them for that.
“Contrary to some reports, we are a good group and we do all get on, I can honestly say that.
“The so called arguments have not really been arguments, just people being more honest and open because they care.
“It is people talking about things because everybody has different ideas about how they want to play football, we just need to make sure we’re doing everything together and I think maybe that has cleared the air in the last week and we are better for it.
“I think that we showed against Liverpool what the personnel are capable of. Obviously Siem and Papiss haven’t played a lot recently but they came in and did brilliantly for us, as did the lads off the bench. Then Gini just finished off the chances.”